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Smitten by mountains: Neil Frazer with one of the paintings in his new Queenstown exhibition

By PHILIP CHANDLER

A leading Australasian artist’s exhibiting 15 striking mountainscapes at Queenstown’s
Milford Galleries you can almost feel as much as see.

Sydney-based Neil Frazer, a seventh-generation Kiwi — ‘‘I have a foot in both camps’’ —
uses a lot of thick paint, so his acrylic paintings are almost sculptural.

‘‘I was an abstract painter for like probably the first 25 years I painted, and I guess during that period I kind of developed quite thick, gestural ways of painting.

‘‘And then I became a figurative painter, I pretty much overnight changed to that, but I
brought the same kind of gestural approach I used for the abstract ones.’’

For this exhibition, entitled ‘Skyline’, Frazer did a ‘‘massive’’ chopper trip over the Southern Alps about three years ago.

And yes, Queenstown’s Remarkables do feature, but he stresses they’re not photographs.

He visited Queenstown last week for the opening of his exhibition — he also has a  sister-in-law here.

He’d hoped to also tackle the Remarkables’ Grand Traverse, but felt it was too late in the climbing season — ‘‘I have to do it some time’’.

His exhibition runs till May 30.

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